is a feature film script editor who works on projects at all stages of development. Recent completed productions include PIN CUSHION by Deborah Haywood, opening Critics Week at the Venice Film Festival August 2017; KINGDOM OF US, a feature doc by Lucy Cohen screening at the London Film Festival in October and launching on Netflix later this year; CHURCHILL, released in the UK and the US June 2017; BRIMSTONE which played at Berlin and Venice last year; SLOW WEST by John MacLean, released in the UK and the US and a prize-winner at Sundance 2015; and for television BABYLON by Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain for C4. Currently shooting is BENJAMIN by Simon Amstell.
Kate also often works with writers and filmmakers to develop story at the early stages of a film’s life: recent projects include LADY MACBETH (Toronto 2016, Sundance 2017); I AM NOT A WITCH by Rungano Nyoni (Director’s Fortnight Cannes and LFF 2017); and DARK RIVER by Clio Barnard (Toronto, LFF 2017).
In the last few years she has worked for producers including Eon Films, Calamity Films, Warp Films, Iain Canning at SeeSaw Films, Katherine Butler at Raw, Robert Jones at Jonescompany, Andy Brunskill at SUMS, Elizabeth Karlsen at Number 9, Rory Aitken & Ben Pugh at 42, Pulse Films, Sam Taylor at F&ME, Film4, Ivana MacKinnon at Stray Bear, Gavin Humphries at Quark Films, Film London, iFeatures, the BFI Film Fund, Screen Australia, Creative England, the New Zealand Film Commission, the Irish Film Board, and Creative Scotland. She works with screenwriters and filmmakers including John Maclean, Alex von Tunzelmann, Bart Layton, Paul Wright, Nick Payne, Guillem Morales, Martina Amati, Tom Harper, Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain, Alice Lowe, Tom Green, Deborah Haywood, Eran Creevy, Rowan Athale, Michael Please, Ben Schiffer, Roy Williams, Josh Appignanesi and documentary filmmakers Lucy Cohen, Lindsay Dryden, Eva Weber and Sam Firth. She works in all genres, on adaptations as well as original screenplays, and on some TV drama and short films.
She has been head of development at several companies including Film4, where she was based for 5 years and where she was part of the small team commissioning and developing some of the UK's most successful feature films including FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL and TRAINSPOTTING. She developed ORPHANS and brought in EAST IS EAST and GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, working with countless British writers and directors along the way. As head of development at Capitol Films she spotted LEAVING LAS VEGAS and THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD, and worked with talent including Roman Polanski and William Boyd. She has also been a film agent; a TV presenter & producer; director of the Edinburgh Television Festival; Associate Director of Cinema at the ICA; a location caterer, a film festival programmer, a screenwriting lecturer, a film distributor and a cinema usherette.
Kate speaks regularly at festivals and industry events including Bafta, the London Comedy Film Festival, the Sarajevo Film Festival, the Edinburgh Film Festival, BFI South Bank, Creative England, Guiding Lights, Random Acts at the ICA and Film London Microwave.
This year she has spoken about story at Adidas HQ in Germany; at London advertising agency Abbot Mead Vickers BBDO; and she gave the keynote address to women producers from all over Europe at PROPRO in Vienna. She has also spoken at the London Comedy Film Festival, Bafta, Rocliffe, and Random Acts at the ICA.
She runs regular workshops at the London Film School and masterclasses in screenwriting for The Guardian. She has taught screenwriting at the Northern Film School, at the University of London and the Arvon Foundation; script development at the National Film School; and been a visiting lecturer at film schools all over the UK. She evaluates screenwriting courses for Skillset and was external examiner at the London Film School for 3 years. She also works with the Wellcome Trust on film projects: she helped to establish and now chairs the Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship in partnership with the BFI and Film4.
She has run talent labs and mentoring projects for filmmakers since 2009 and has organised masterclasses by filmmakers including Jane Campion, Mike Leigh, Sir Ronald Harwood, John Madden, Mogens Rukov, Kenneth Lonergan, and editor Pietro Scalia.
She has been on many film and screenwriting awards juries, chaired and taken part in panel discussions, chairs the screenwriting award for WFTV, is a member of the writer/director shortlisting committee at the British Independent Film Awards and has been a BAFTA member for over 20 years.